07.02.12 Howard County Summer Storm Recovery Efforts
July 2, 2012
Kevin Enright, Director, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Howard County Summer Storm Recovery Efforts
20 Cooling centers open throughout the County; additional resources available for those without power
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County continues to recover from the effects of Friday night’s storm. According to BGE, there are less than 20,000 Howard County residents currently without power now. Since the storm hit, the County’s Emergency Operations Center has been open 24 hours a day, and County officials continue to coordinate recovery efforts.
“The prolonged power outage, coupled with extreme heat, has been understandably difficult for all affected – residents, business owners, emergency personnel and crews alike,” said County Executive Ken Ulman. “We have been in the Emergency Operations Center since Friday and our priorities remain the same: keep people safe and do all we can to assist BGE in restoring power.”
County officials and partners across the community have undertaken the following activities to aid in recovery efforts:
- Opened 20 cooling centers throughout the County, including senior centers, libraries and community centers; visit www.howardcountymd.gov/cooling_center_info.htm for a complete list
- Ellicott City Senior Center has extended to their hours today to 8:30 p.m.
- Opened a cooling center for residents with family pets (crated and/or leashed) at the Community Recreation Center at Cedar Lane Park West, 5081 Cedar Lane in Columbia
- Firefighters and paramedics have canvassed assisted living facilities in Howard County to check in on the safety and wellness of the residents; efforts will continue this evening as crews canvass neighborhoods to disseminate generator safety information
- Made the “water buffalo,” a 2,000 gallon tank with eight spouts or “filling stations,” available to residents in need of potable water. The water buffalo is available at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- 23 Columbia Association outdoor pools are open from noon to 7 p.m. and free of charge to residents without power
- Health Department officials are working with local restaurants affected by the outage to complete re-opening inspections
- Extended hours at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Center for residents to drop off tree debris; a separate drop off location is available for recyclable materials
The Howard County Call Center remains open for calls at 410-313-2900.